Ross Ragland News

September 29, 2017 — by: Crystal Muno

The Ross Ragland Theater is excited to announce the 2017-18 Classical Series begins on Sunday, October 8 at 2 p.m. As always there will be a free pre-concert lecture prior to the concert at 1 p.m.

Comprised of two sensationally gifted and acclaimed virtuosi - clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov and pianist Misuzu Tanaka - the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo has been heard throughout the U.S., with patrons often demanding they be rebooked immediately.

Clarinet and piano duos are considered rare gems on the modern concert stage despite the immense repertoire. With its innovative programming, master classes and recitals, the Duo has made it their mission to transform this instrumental combination from a rare occurrence to a welcomed guest in concert series across the globe – a goal the Ragland is happy to help them achieve.

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September 29, 2017 — by: Crystal Muno

he Ross Ragland Theater invites you to go on a “Surfin Safari” this Friday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. with Catch a Wave, a Beach Boys Tribute.
The show features four incredibly talented vocalists who painstakingly recreate the surf-pop sound of California circa the 1960’s.  According to the band, the exact striped shirts, white instruments and wavy hair combined with the harmonic blend of voices are so realistic you’ll be able to practically smell the salt-air of the beach!
“We’re really excited to kick off both the 2017-18 season for the Ross Ragland and the second annual Arts on the Flyway festival with this amazing tribute group,” says interim executive director, Mark McCrary, “they’re really very good musicians and performers.”

Indeed, Catch a Wave has performed all over the world as the famous Beach Boys, including being a regular featured act at Disney’s California Adventure. Additionally, they are the only Beach Boys tribute group to have been invited to perform for the surviving band members and their families. 
The original Beach Boys are widely considered to be one of the most influential acts of the rock era. The group pioneered novel approaches to popular music form, combining jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll and R&B to create their unique sound. The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them US Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band) and four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. They also sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time.

Tickets to the event range from $19-29 before transaction fees.  

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September 29, 2017 — by: Crystal Muno

Get a ticket to ride a trip down memory lane (or is that Penny Lane?) when Paperback Writer: The Beatles Experience comes to the Ross Ragland Theater Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. 

Paperback Writer - The Beatles Experience takes its audience on a trip through the musical years of the world’s most popular rock group! The four piece band will play hits that range from the famous Ed Sullivan Show appearances through the colorful Sgt. Pepper’s years and on to “Let it Be” all while donning authentic and memorable costumes.

Paperback Writer has been heralded by critics for their "spot on vocal, look and sound alike ability.” This show has been featured at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure park. In addition, the quartet has dazzled audiences around the world performing fairs, casinos, theaters and cruise ships.

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July 20, 2017 — by: Crystal Muno

... has been announced!

On Wednesday, July 19 the Ross Ragland Theater held its annual Season Launch Party.  The event was free and boasted both live and video sneak peek performances of the upcoming Season. 

“Next season is a really diverse and amazing line up,” says Mark McCrary, outgoing executive Director of the Ross Ragland Theater, “there’s literally something for everyone.  We’re really proud of this season.”

 “Getting LeAnn Rimes, is of course, HUGE,” says McCrary, “But some of the smaller acts are just as exciting.  There are two groups in the lineup that I think are poised to be really big on a national level, including the John Welsh Band and the Black Market Trust.  We’re also excited to share the 2018 Community Musical: The Wizard of Oz – which is just a really fun show for families and communities.”

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July 20, 2017 — by: Marketing Team

Blastoff for the 2017-18 Season!

The Ross Ragland Theater and Cultural Center would like to invite all of its patrons, fans and community supporters to their 2017-18 Season Launch Party on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.  Launch is a celebration and unveiling of the upcoming performance season, slated to start September 22, 2017.

The Ross Ragland views Season Launch as not only a party and a place to announce the upcoming season, but also as a thank you to its patrons and the community for the enormous support it receives throughout the year.  As a result, the season launch party is always free.  

The festivities begin with a no-host bar and mingling at 5:30 p.m. in the theater lobby.  Next, attendees will then enjoy a cabaret-style show with executive director, Mark McCrary acting as emcee for the night.  After that, each of the upcoming acts will be announced by videos or live sneak-peak performance.  Also performing at the event is the cast of Mary Poppins, the upcoming community musical, due to open at the Ross Ragland on August 4, 2017.  

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